3/19 Baker has setback – UPDATED
Cubs pitcher Scott Baker’s throwing program has been suspended indefinitely. Baker felt some discomfort in his right elbow after his first Cactus League start on Sunday, and underwent an MRI on Monday. The results of the test were not released, and Baker was to be examined by team orthopedic specialist Dr. Stephen Gryzlo this weekend. There’s no timetable for Baker’s return and the extent of the injury is not known. Baker had Tommy John surgery last April, and the Cubs had hoped he would be ready by mid April this year.
“Right now, I’m chosing to be optimistic and hope for the best,” Baker said Tuesday. “Obviously, any setback of any sort is not something you like to hear but I think we’ll know more when Dr. Gryzlo gets down here and he can do a physical exam. MRIs are great and everything but you treat the patient, you don’t treat the MRI.”
On Sunday, Baker threw 23 pitches.
“It’s more disappointing for him, for a guy who’s worked that hard and did everything and really did nothing to warrant something like this, being shutdown,” Cubs manager Dale Sveum said. “Hopefully, it’s not that big a deal and he can continue. It’s just a wait and see thing now.”
This is the first setback Baker has had in his rehab.
“From talking to guys, it’s fairly uncommon not to have any setbacks,” Baker said. “Thus far I haven’t had any up until now. Is there ever a good time for a setback? Absolutely not. It is pretty common, but at the same time, it’s not fun.”
— Carrie Muskat